Collaborate • Design • Inspire • Repeat
I unlock planetary science mission potential through bold and innovative new approaches to space technology. In my role as founder of Planet Enterprises I foster a culture that both incubates innovative new ideas and expands what is considered possible. By leveraging my manufacturing experience I ensure a smooth path forward for our mission customers. I'm engaged in every aspect of mission concepting and technology development, from design and documentation to fabrication and validation.
I entered the aerospace arena in 2008 and took advantage of opportunities for learning and advancement immediately, entering college as a welding student that same year and becoming a team lead in 2012 and an apprentice in 2013. The industry was in the middle of a rapid knowledge transfer and I was in a unique position to quickly enhance my skills by learning and teaching at the same time (the Feynman technique at work). I was soon supporting aircraft built in the 50s with spare parts, while working with engineers to modify experimental parts for planes that haven’t yet flown – all in the same shift.
When I’m not working, I tend to focus on interesting mechanical things – 3D printers, bicycles, Saab cars, and my teardrop trailer (with its leaky gullwing doors). These hobbies help me explore the relationship between humans and their technology, which becomes life and death when we leave Earth. Saabs are the longest-running hobby for me, and perhaps the most inspirational: Saab engineers couldn’t help but design interesting and innovative cars as they shifted their focus from aircraft to automobiles after World War II. I am inspired their passion and dedication to innovation – even at the expense of a profitable product, in some cases. I share a passion for problem solving with those old Saab engineers, and looking to the past for inspirational ideas to drive the future is what gives me my unique design perspective.
June 2020 - Current
I invent, develop, and mature novel robotic space mission concepts. Creating new avenues for high-impact science return is my number one goal at Planet Enterprises. I work on every aspect of mission concepting, including: design, development, documentation, and prototype fabrication. Coordinate directly with NASA and potential mission customers early and often as part of our collaborative design approach.
Dec. 2016 - June 2020
I personally lead a project that reduced emergent hydroformed part flow from 20 days to 8 days
Designed and fabricated complex shop aid tooling in CATIA on a daily basis
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Instructor for Layout and Lofting, from June 2016
Boeing/IAM Apprenticeship Instructor for Compound Angles, from April 2018
Curriculum Developer / Instructor for Additive Manufacturing, from May 2019
SME for hydroform simulation and verification using ESI PAMSTAMP
Fabricated parts and assemblies to support critical production and airline spares requirements, often with grounded aircraft standing by. This required development and fabrication of complex shop aid templates and tools, and included daily use of CATIA, advanced shop math, trigonometry, descriptive geometry (layout and lofting), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and computer aided design (CAD).
Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2016
Became a SME instructor for Layout and Lofting while still an apprentice, after helping modernize the course prior to the first delivery in over 15 years.
Worked one on one with master aerospace fabricators for 4 years / 8,000 hours
Frequent use of CATIA and engineering drawings to extract information for production use: plotting complex layouts for lofted parts, flat pattern development, hydroblock and shop aid development.
Demonstrated leadership qualities even as an apprentice, always assisting other team members in the development of their CATIA, CAD, lofting and print reading skills whenever possible.
Performing layout using 5 axis CMM, Romer and Faro Arms, Laser Trackers, and surface table layout.
Programming and machining of parts and shop aids on CNC 3 and 5 axis milling machines.
Repair and rework of major components at a certified FAA repair station.
Plating processing: setup, striking, plating and inspection of plated parts.
Hand layup, tool prep, bagging and machining of composite components.
Attended Boeing Trade Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) classes after work, focusing on: Mathematics, including trigonometry, shop problems and compound angles; metallurgy, properties of materials and heat treat; shop safety and machine shop practices; precision measuring, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and Composite Materials and Technology.
August 2020 - May 2023
Mechanical Engineering Bachelors of Science program at Washington State University's Bremerton Campus. More information about this program can be found at:
Associate in Science
Performed complex engineering analysis using Matlab and Wolfram Mathematica. Practiced Computer Aided Design and Simulation using Solidworks.
Sept. 2017 - June 2020
Associate in Arts
Electives included Discrete Mathematics, Advanced Differential Equations, Technical Writing, Manual Drafting, and Computer Aided Design.
Sept. 2015 - Aug 2017
Associate in Technical Arts, Welding Tech.
Sept. 2008 - Aug 2012
Precision layout and metal cutting, creating and interpreting engineering drawings, experience performing and inspecting welding operations on ferrous and non-ferrous metals (including Aluminum and Titanium). Studied metallurgy; heat treatment and stress relief procedures of steel, aluminum and titanium alloys; micrograph inspection; and non-destructive testing. Honors graduate, Dean's list.